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New York Times, Saturday, March 3, 1973

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 30-Down is as it appeared, though it should be "Estonian county"; the (big) island is Saaremaa.

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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,603
Across
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Teacher of a kind : GURU
5
Isle near Naples : CAPRI
10
Long narrative : SAGA
14
In a while : ANON
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Thai, e.g. : ASIAN
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Peter or Paul : TSAR
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Evergreen herb : PIPSISSEWA
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Float : RAFT
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Early type of auto : STEAMCAR
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Like some pillows : FLUFFY
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Hoax : FLAM
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Italian composer : BOITO
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Kind of eagle : SPREAD
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Comedy writers : GAGSTERS
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As well : TOO
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Whales : CETES
34
___-tête : TETEA
35
Decays : ROTS
37
Fabric : DENIM
39
Miss Sills, for one : DIVA
40
Asian range : ALTAI
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Aegean island : MELOS
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German article : DER
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Morning moisture : DEWDROPS
47
Rule out : NEGATE
49
Roman magistrate : EDILE
50
Exclusive : SOLE
51
Young salmon : GRILSE
53
Pollyanna's forte : OPTIMISM
57
Function : ROLE
58
Hector's faithful spouse : ANDROMACHE
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Czech river : ISER
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Connection : TIEIN
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Debacle : ROUT
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Wife of George V : MARY
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Inspire : ELATE
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She of the thousand days : ANNE
Down
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Intervals : GAPS
2
Platoon or company : UNIT
3
Word for a cheap cigar : ROPE
4
Insecure : UNSAFE
5
Rushed in torrents : CASCADED
6
Shillong's state : ASSAM
7
Docking place : PIER
8
Inexperienced : RAW
9
Bewildered : INAFOG
10
Swaggered : STRUTTED
11
Gum resin used medically : ASAFOETIDA
12
Iron hook : GAFF
13
Affected : ARTY
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Poet in Johnson's "Rasselas" : IMLAC
22
Shopper's aid : LIST
24
Herb : BASIL
25
Fiddle, for short : STRAD
26
U. S. writer Ernest : POOLE
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German dog : ROTTWEILER
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Hereditary units : GENES
29
Face, as an embankment : REVET
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Estonian island : SAARE
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Vale sacred to Apollo : TEMPE
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Tack shop : SADDLERY
38
Sameness : MONOTONE
41
Eye part : IRIS
43
Sultan of Turkey : SELIM
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Acid salt : OLEATE
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Talmud : GEMARA
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Small spar : SPRIT
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Grisly : GRIM
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Painter Bonheur : ROSA
53
Attican theaters : ODEA
54
Image : ICON
55
Keep away from : SHUN
56
Limit : METE
59
Naught : NIL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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